Harlem rapper Azealia Banks made a big splash at the end of last year with the ridiculously catchy, totally raunchy single, "212." It was pretty much the only thing she'd put out there — give or take a cover of Interpol's "Slow Hands" and a guest appearance on Scissor Sister's "Shady Love" — but the self-released track was strong enough to earn her a spot on a slew of "Best Of" lists, including Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks and the Village Voice's Pazz N Jop poll. (She also topped NME's Cool List, but I attribute that to not just her single, but her ability to really pull off a Mickey Mouse sweater.) She's going places, I tell ya.
It seems that Universal Music agrees — the largest label on earth just signed the twenty-year old, much to the internet's pleasure. Banks announced the news over Twitter:
As well you should, Ms. Banks. She went on to say that a full-length album could be out by May or June, so hopefully we'll get some leaked tracks in the next few months. Here, for your listening, is "212" — be warned, it is definitely NSFW: